“Sure beats your old place,” Daveed Diggs’ brother joked when he saw the “Hamilton” star’s Washington Heights apartment.
That’s not saying much— Diggs’ “old place” was the No. 2 train.
Ten years ago, the aspiring actor and rapper was fresh out of Brown
University and going on open-call auditions in the city. With $100 a
week in unemployment benefits, he was couch surfing, but when there
wasn’t a friend’s pad to be had, “I’d ride the subway all night,” he
Last stop: Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, where “Hamilton” —
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historically based, acclaimed hip-hopera — started
previews Monday. And Diggs is again breathing new life into two dead
white men: the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.